SEARSPORT – In an effort to track accidents on Route 1, The Searsport Police Department are coming up with ways to make the town safe.
Between 2008 and 2010, the police department started to recognize that the stretch of Route 1 from Stockton Springs and the Belfast town line was particularly dangerous. There have been 37 crashes in that area this year alone and that number seems to be increasing.
“During that period of time, we had 24 crashes – every one of them by themselves could have resulted in loss of life…they were that serious,” said Chief Richard LaHaye.
And with the numbers rising, officials have now come up with a way to track where the accidents are more likely to occur.
“We’ve been able to pinpoint the crashes that has occurred year to date in Searsport,” he said.
This chart provides drivers with a visual aid with the time of day accidents are most likely to happen.
“This will give us some idea about enforcement areas that we need to address throughout the town specifically related to crashes,” said LaHaye, “There’s a direct correlation speed and crash.”
The plan is to put law enforcement officers in at risk locations, in hopes that their presence will help slow traffic down. The Searsport Police Department have also gathered statistics on which kinds of vehicles are more prone to accidents.
“We’re going to have a map, it will be a little bit smaller in scale,” he said, “We’re going to map any potential crashes that do occur.”
They are hoping to have that map ready by early 2017, but for now people are encouraged to be cautious when driving on Route 1, especially with winter coming up.